Healthy Environments Research Programme@Queen Mary

The Healthy Environments Research Programme is based in the Department of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. The group currently comprises of Steven Cummins, Tim Brown, Dianna Smith, Jamie Fagg and Michael Grayer.

The group has expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods including GIS, multi-level modelling, growth curve modelling, spatial micro-simulation, interviewing, focus-groups, ethnography, demography and bayesian analysis.


Research in the programme has been supported by research councils, government agencies and charities including MRC, ESRC, Department of Health, Food Standards Agency, NIHR, The Leverhulme Trust and the US National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

Curent projects include:
» Evaluation of the Philadelphia Fresh Food Financing Initiative: Quasi-experimental Study » Mapping Food Access in Scotland
» Neighbourhood Social Capital and Self-rated Health in the UK & USA
» Food Environments and Diet: Longitudinal Study
» Land-use, Social Capital and Physical Activity
» Bayesian Approaches to Calculating Small Area Life-expectancy
» Family and Neighbourhood Determinants of Adolescent Self-esteem Trajectories.

Further details on these projects can be found here. A full list of publications arising from these projects are also available.


If you are interested in collaborating with members of the programme please get in touch either at our postal address or by emailing staff or students direct. We can help support applications for collaborative post-doctoral fellowships and grants. In addition, the Department of Geography operates a Visiting Scholarships scheme to support those who wish to  undertake sabbaticals or research visits within the department. Please contact us for more details or to discuss an application.

We are always happy to hear from potential postgraduate students who wish to pursue PhD projects under supervision from HERP members. Please see the opportunities page for more information.



The Healthy Environments Research Programme is dedicated to understanding the effect of the social, physical, cultural,  policy and built environments on  health.

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